Rob Phelps
2 Hancock St. #1002, Quincy, MA 02171 • (508) 247-7996


Writer / Editor / Managing Editor / Content Manager / Copy Editor / Proofreader


  • Highly organized writer and editor with proven track record of juggling a variety of publications and other projects with competing schedules.

  • Proficient in Microsoft, Adobe (InDesign, InCopy, Acrobat Pro) and related software programs, online content management systems (WordPress, MediaWare) and major style guides (Chicago, AP).

  • Arts editor, reviewer, columnist, news reporter and feature writer for New England newspapers, magazines and websites and at Tufts and Harvard universities.

  • Managing editor for regionally distributed magazine and website.

  • Creative and resourceful book editor who worked closely with authors to develop all aspects (text, art and digital components) of more than 25 best-selling college textbooks across a wide range of diverse subjects — fashion, architecture, interior design, history, anthropology, biography, merchandising and marketing.

  • Well-regarded trial reporter who published hard-hitting investigative cover stories for regionally distributed news and culture magazine.

Selected Accomplishments

Writer for Tufts University

As freelance writer for Tufts Now and Blueprint for Tufts University I have written feature stories on topics including: Tisch College’s Common Reading Program; research on military intelligence conducted by a Fletcher School professor and graduate student; a major installation at the Tufts University Art Gallery (selected as the lead article for the university website home page); and the bridge-year learning program at Tisch College.

University News Office Editor

As editor, writer, copy editor and graphic designer for the Harvard University Office of News and Public Affairs, I wrote news and feature stories, designed and produced pages for the Harvard University Gazette, wrote, managed and edited the weekly Gazette Calendar, copy edited and proofread official press releases for the President’s Office and produced university pamphlets, booklets and other print material.

Newspaper (Print and Online) Editor

As arts editor for the Provincetown Banner newspaper and Gatehouse Media website, I managed a team of more than a dozen staff and freelance writers, covering all types of performing, visual and literary arts. I wrote, assigned and edited stories and columns and maintained the related content management system and social media networks.

Magazine (Print and Online) Managing Editor

As freelance managing editor for Boston Spirit magazine, I coordinate stories, art and other editorial items for six print issues a year with a circulation of 20,000; edit articles and captions and format content for production; develop story ideas with editor in chief; and create several blog posts each week and maintain website.

Book Editor

As a development editor for Fairchild Books — Condé Nast Publications & Bloomsbury Publishing Group — I have developed more than 25 best-selling college textbooks — many of which are considered the gold standard in their respective fields.

Of particular note (For all titles, please refer to my bibliography below):

  • History of Interior Design by Professor Jeannie Ireland (Missouri State University) — a 624-page, fully illustrated survey of architecture, interiors and design motifs that stretches from 4500 BC to the present day. I oversaw the completion of this college textbook — from conception through content development to design delivery — within an intense eight-month period.

  • Tailoring Techniques for Fashion by Milva Fiorella di Lorenzo (Miami International University of Art & Design) — I closely collaborated with this author, whose primary languages are Italian and Spanish, to write and edit this highly detailed college textbook, develop its art program and produce its companion DVD (

  • Diversity in Design: Perspectives from the Non-Western World by Professor Vibhavari Jani, et al (Kansas State University) — I assembled a diverse team of more than 20 authors from Africa, Asia and the Middle East and overcame the cultural, linguistic and geographical barriers to produce this groundbreaking text and its robust art program. Awarded the 2012 IDEC Book Award.

  • The Rise of Fashion and Lessons Learned at Bergdorf Goodman by Ira Neimark — I developed and edited the text and supervised the photo research and design of this high-profile trade book in close collaboration with the author, a former CEO of Bergdorf Goodman, current Director of Hermès of Paris and adjunct professor of Retail Marketing at the Columbia University Business School.

  • Sustainable Design for Interior Environments by Professor Susan M. Winchip (Illinois State University) — As editor for the second-edition of a best-selling title, I worked closely with the author to update the book’s content to reflect developments in this rapidly evolving field of study, replaced theoretical analysis with practical application for sustainable real-world designs in the built environment and greatly expanded the art program to make the new edition visually engaging.


  • After conducting a series of 11 jailhouse interviews with a man accused of murder, I wrote a vivid, serialized cover story of his confession to me — “Portrait of a Confessed Killer: How a Life of Trauma Bred a Double Tragedy,” Boston Spirit magazine. As a result of my recorded conversations and articles, I was subpoenaed to testify during his trial, which I also covered for the magazine.

  • As a reporter for the Provincetown Banner, Harvard University Gazette and Cape Air in-flight magazine, I interviewed and wrote features about some of today’s most colorful personalities, including Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer and John Waters.

  • My widely read column, “Bel Canto,” which covered the Metropolitan Opera’s live, high-definition satellite broadcasts, appeared in the Provincetown Banner, other newspapers and online through Gatehouse Media.

Professional Experiences


Boston, Massachusetts (2005–present)

Managing Editor (website and print)

  • Coordinates team of writers to create and gather copy and art for six print issues each year.

  • Edits and writes articles and captions and formats content for production.

  • Develops story ideas with editor in chief.

  • Creates several blog posts each week and maintains website.

Contributing Writer, Photographer

  • Writes features, interviews, news stories and biographies of influential New Englanders from high-level government officials and leading medical researchers to avant-garde artists and community activists

  • Wrote “Portrait of a Confessed Killer: How a Life of Trauma Bred a Double Tragedy,” a vivid cover story that was serialized over two issues of this regionally distributed periodical.

  • Shot the cover photo for August/September 2006 issue as well as the photographs accompanying my articles.



Copy edits and proofreads academic and technical publications for:

  • Tufts University Medford, Massachusetts (2015–present)

  • Amnet Systems (for Palgrave Macmillan) Urbana, Illinois (2015–present)

  • Lachina Publishing Services (for Bloomsbury Publications) (formerly Champaign Illinois (2013–present)

  • Storey Publishing North Adams, Massachusetts (2013–present)

  • Fairchild Book


Provincetown Banner

Provincetown, Massachusetts (2008–2015)

Arts Editor

  • Developed and maintained media relations within thriving arts communities in three towns, including prestigious writing and visual arts colonies, schools and museums, galleries, performing arts facilities, cinemas and festivals.

  • Generated, wrote and assigned weekly reviews, features, arts news stories and columns; gathered, selected and prepared photographs and illustrations and designs; and laid out weekly newspaper arts section.

  • Managed team of more than a dozen staff and freelance writers.

  • Maintained content management system for website and social media networks

  • Worked closely with chief editor copy editing and writing stories and designing pages for news and special sections.

  • Prepared scripts and recorded weekly news spots for local radio and NPR stations.

Writer, Editor, Content Manager

  • Wrote feature stories, celebrity interviews, column and book, theater and film reviews. (See Bibliography below for a list of selected articles.)

  • Copy edited and wrote news and feature stories, working closely with editor in chief.

  • Managed website and social media.


Development Editor

Condé Nast Publications and Bloomsbury Publishing, New York, New York (2006–2012)

  • Edited more than 25 books from prospectus to publication. (See Bibliography below for the list of books.)

  • Ghostwrote academic text, coached seasoned authors, coordinated multiple co-authors and led first-time authors through the entire editorial process of writing a book.

  • Led cross-disciplinary project teams — photo editors, illustrators (freehand and CAD artists), reviewers (development and technical) and assistant development and production editors.

  • Reviewed and approved post-development manuscripts from copy edit to final-pass pages.

  • Wrote book cover and catalog copy and coordinated with sales and marketing teams throughout life cycle of each edition.

  • Developed ancillary materials, including CD-ROMs, DVDs and instructor’s guides.


Provincetown Banner

Provincetown, Massachusetts (1998–2006)

Writer, Copy Editor, Graphic Designer, Website Manager

  • Wrote and copy edited award-winning articles, headlines and captions for this weekly regional newspaper. (See My Writing below for a list of selected articles.)

  • Collaborated with managing editor and outside development house to create a profitable online edition of the newspaper.

  • Coordinated workflow between editorial, production and advertising departments.

  • Maintained the news copy flow and laid out pages — many of which won design awards from the New England Press Association.



Minneapolis, Minnesota (2004–2005)

Copy Editor, Writer

Edited, fact-checked and wrote articles for this online consumer research journal.


Harvard University News Office

Cambridge, Massachusetts (1990–1998)

Writer, Copy Editor, Proofreader, Graphic Designer, Editorial Assistant

  • Wrote news and feature articles covering the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for Harvard’s official weekly newspaper.

  • Laid out, designed and produced pages for the newspaper.

  • Wrote, managed and edited popular weekly newspaper Calendar.

  • Copy edited and proofread official press releases for the Harvard President’s Office

  • Produced Harvard University pamphlets, booklets and other print materials.


Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Cambridge, Massachusetts (1989–1990)

Copy Editor, Graphic Designer, Production Assistant

  • Edited, designed and produced publications for the graduate school.

  • Coordinated art, printing, mailing and billing for the design school.

  • Maintained archives, office records and computers for the department.


Harvard Law School

Cambridge, Massachusetts (1987–1989)

Assistant to the Director of the Harvard Negotiation Project

  • Staff assistant to professor and director of research project and executive training workshops at Harvard Law School and Salzburg, Austria.

  • Prepared book manuscript for Getting Together: Building Relationships as We Negotiate (Penguin Books, 1989), sequel to Roger Fisher and William Ury’s New York Times bestselling Getting to Yes.



Bennington College — MFA, Creative Writing

Boston University — BA, English Literature

Harvard Law School — Certification, Harvard Negotiation Workshop

National Geographic Society — Audio-visual internship


Related Experience

Substitute Instructor — Introduction to Expository Writing, Harvard Extension School

Guest Instructor — Memoir Writing Workshop, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill

College Writing Tutor — Boston University

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